J.J. Hardy
J.J. Hardy
36-Year-Old ShortstopSS
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a three-year, $40 million contract extension with the Orioles in October of 2014. Orioles declined $14 million team option for 2018 in November of 2017.
Orioles decline club option
SSFree Agent  
November 3, 2017
Baltimore decided to decline Hardy's $14 million club option for the 2018 season, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Hardy will get a $2 million buyout from the team and becomes a free agent heading into this winter. The shortstop only played in 73 games this year due to a broken wrist that kept him out from late June to early September, and he wound up slashing just .217/.255/.323 with four home runs and 24 RBI when he was on the field. The 35-year-old will look to latch on with a new organization in the coming months, although his days as a starting shortstop may have come to an end.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
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+16%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .522 87 7 1 7 0 .195 .241 .280
Since 2017vs Right .604 181 17 3 17 0 .227 .261 .343
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .522 87 7 1 7 0 .195 .241 .280
2017vs Right .604 181 17 3 17 0 .227 .261 .343
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Since 2017
 
 
+43%
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+43%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .472 130 11 2 12 0 .164 .209 .262
Since 2017Away .676 138 13 2 12 0 .265 .297 .379
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home .472 130 11 2 12 0 .164 .209 .262
2017Away .676 138 13 2 12 0 .265 .297 .379
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring J.J. Hardy
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September 24, 2017
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September 10, 2017
Erik Siegrist looks at the available talent in the AL and some closer situations still in flux, including Aroldis Chapman's return to ninth-inning duty for the Yankees.
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August 31, 2017
Todd Zola looks at some injured players set to return in September and examines how the Astros will fit Carlos Correa back into their stacked lineup.
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August 20, 2017
Erik Siegrist wades into the free-agent pool in the American League and thinks Willy Adames is more than ready to make his big-league debut for the Rays.
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Hardy's days of mixed league relevancy are a thing of the past. The power he hit with in the earlier part of this decade is gone, stolen by Father Time. The durability he had at that same time is also gone, taken by the same man. 34 years old is old for shortstop, but unlike others in recent years, Hardy has not lost much defensively at all. That is why he is still in the lineup when he is healthy because his glove deserves to be out there and the groundball pitchers on his team appreciate it. The issue for our purposes is that despite all that, Hardy is a bottom of the lineup hitter that no longer runs, no longer hits with power and does not drive many runners in. You can't even count on his average, but you can almost guarantee that he won't hit over .270 because he has not done so in eight seasons.
Hardy extended his downward trajectory with an unproductive year at the plate that included a host of injuries. Shoulder, oblique, and groin injuries all hampered Hardy during the 2015 season. He failed to reach double-digit home runs for the second season in a row and saw his ISO fall to .092. His strikeout rate increased to 20.1 percent, the highest of his career, and he graded out as a replacement level player. Hardy's renaissance of three consecutive seasons with 22 home runs and a serviceable batting average is a thing of the past. His power has virtually disappeared, dropping from a .222 ISO in his 30-homer season of 2011 to just .092 in 2015. He is still a well above average fielder, but the door may have closed on Hardy's offensive production. It seems almost certain Hardy will still be the starter at shortstop on Opening Day, but his lack of production in 2015 could leave room for Ryan Flaherty to get in the picture if Hardy struggles to rebound.
Following a three-year stretch where he averaged more than 25 home runs annually, Hardy's 2014 power outage came as a big surprise. Although he didn't become more aggressive at the plate, Hardy's swinging-strike rate jumped to a career-high 7.3% and he became much less proficient at making contact on pitches outside the strike zone (63.6% contact rate on pitches outside the zone). A variety of injuries throughout the season may have been the culprit for his disappointing season, as back spasms, a hamstring strain, and a sprained thumb limited his contributions. Defensively, Hardy is still an elite option at his position, as he collected his third consecutive Gold Glove in 2014. After signing a three-year extension with the Orioles in October, it's reasonable to think that a healthy Hardy could provide double-digit home runs again with steady counting stats given the quality of the Baltimore lineup around him.
Hardy earned his second consecutive Gold Glove, tied for the home run lead at his position and pushed his batting average back in line with his career numbers. An 11.3% strikeout rate was his best mark since his rookie year, which may have aided in his effort to raise his average. Hardy has been a savior since being acquired by the Orioles three years ago and is at the height of his career. Free agency awaits at the end of the 2014 season, and he figures to cash in. The Orioles have several key players with expiring contracts over the next two years, and Hardy could be a trade target, if the team acknowledges that it cannot sign him to a long-term deal. Under that scenario, Manny Machado could potentially move back from third base to shortstop.
Hardy came off a career year in 2011 and was rewarded with a midseason extension that will keep him with the Orioles through 2014. Though he won the Gold Glove, Hardy's numbers at the plate took a sharp decline in 2012. He hit eight fewer home runs in 136 more at-bats in 2012, and his OPS was barely serviceable even at the shortstop position. Hardy suffered from a .253 BABIP, though he has only had one season above .300 BABIP. At 30 years old, the most likely scenario is that Hardy evens his numbers out between the last two seasons.
Hardy finally found a long-term home in Baltimore last season, as the Orioles inked him to a three-year deal. Look for him to make it worth their while again, though it's unlikely that he'll continue to be deployed as their leadoff man given his lack of speed and that his power would be better served farther down in the order. Hardy delivered a mammoth 30 home runs from the shortstop position in just 129 games and provided a solid .269 average, 76 runs and 80 RBI. His injuries have a tendency to linger, but even with the missed time he is one of the more reliable power sources at shortstop.
Hardy will be the starting shortstop for Baltimore after he was traded from Minnesota following an injury-plagued season. Hardy spent six weeks on the DL after hurting his left wrist while sliding in early May and it remained a problem all season. When healthy he was productive (.714 OPS) while putting up his usual strong defense (8.1 UZR last season). He also posted a .791 OPS in September when his wrist was finally close to full strength. Hardy has power and the move away from Target Field could make him a bargain, but he'll need to stay healthy.
Hardy suffered through his worst season in Milwaukee during 2009, hitting .229/.302/.357. The Brewers then traded him to Minnesota shortly after the season ended. His Gold Glove caliber defense makes him valuable to major league teams even if he doesn't hit very well, but it doesn't help his fantasy value. Hardy offers zero value in the stolen-base department so unless he's hitting for power, he doesn't have much to offer. It's possible that his perceived value will drop far enough during this offseason where he'll be a bargain in drafts and auctions. He's still just 27 years old so there is some upside here, just don't overpay for it.
Hardy solidified his spot as one of the top fantasy shortstops in 2008 by hitting .283/.343/.478 with 24 home runs. The only drawback to his numbers is that he doesn't steal any bases. There are rumors that he may need to move to third or second base to make way for top prospect Alcides Escobar, but it's doubtful that would happen in 2009. His .306 BABIP in 2008 was the highest of his career so there is some concern that his numbers will fall a little bit in 2009.
Hardy was healthy for the first time in a few years in 2007 and started out strong, hitting .280 with 18 home runs before the All-Star break. Things fell apart a bit in the second half, hitting .273 with eight home runs and a .305 OBP. The on-base percentage is the biggest hole in Hardy's game and he walked just 12 times in the second half of the season. That deficiency will likely knock him down in the batting order in 2008 and put a dent in his runs scored numbers. Hardy has no stolen base value and he's not likely to ever hit for a high average. There isn't a ton upside with Hardy and 2007 may end up being his best season. He still may be good for a .270 average and 15 to 20 home runs, but don't bid like there is anything more than that.
Hardy missed most of 2006 with an ankle injury that required surgery and has now missed significant time in two of the last three seasons. The Brewers are going to put him back in as the starting shortstop this spring and hope he can improve at the plate. He hit just .242 with five home runs in 35 games before the injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He has the potential to be an above-average fantasy shortstop with decent power, but has yet to develop any of that potential.
Hardy may surprise people in 2006. His overall stats aren't eye-catching, but at 22, he used his rookie year as a learning experience and improved to .308/.363/.503 after the All-Star break. Don't pass over him based on the full-year numbers.
Hardy missed almost all of 2004 after having surgery on his non throwing shoulder. Before the surgery it appeared that Hardy would be the starting SS in Milwaukee by the middle of the season. GM Doug Melvin said that the Brewers will give Hardy the chance to make the team this spring if his shoulder holds up. Hardy is major league ready with the glove but may need a few seasons to adjust at the plate. He is still a very good prospect and has the potential to be a top shortstop in the majors.
Hardy is the Brewers' shortstop of the future. He is a terrific defensive shortstop and only needs to work on his hitting to get to the majors. He was one of the youngest players in the Southern League in 2003 yet hit .279 and started to show a little power. There is an outside chance that the Brewers will give him a chance to win the starting shortstop job in spring training, but it's more likely he'll start the season in Triple-A and be called up later on in the year.
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Receives first start since June
SSBaltimore Orioles  
September 16, 2017
Hardy is in the starting nine for Saturday's game against the Yankees.
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Reinstated from disabled list
SSBaltimore Orioles  
September 8, 2017
Hardy (wrist) was activated from the 60-day DL prior to Friday's game against the Indians.
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Tests elbow prior to Thursday's contest
SSBaltimore Orioles  
Wrist
September 7, 2017
Hardy (wrist, elbow) was able to complete pregame throwing and hitting drills Thursday, The Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina reports.
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Trending toward Friday return
SSBaltimore Orioles  
Wrist
September 3, 2017
Hardy (wrist) is expected to return from the 60-day disabled list this week and could play as soon as Friday against the Yankees, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
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Likely out a few more days
SSBaltimore Orioles  
Wrist
September 1, 2017
Hardy (wrist/elbow) is expected to miss a few more days after having an injection to treat tennis elbow-like symptoms, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports.
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